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Coat of arms of Audinghen
Coat of arms
Audinghen is located in France
Coordinates: 50°51′09″N 1°36′50″E / 50.8525°N 1.6139°E / 50.8525; 1.6139Coordinates: 50°51′09″N 1°36′50″E / 50.8525°N 1.6139°E / 50.8525; 1.6139
Country France
Region Nord-Pas-de-Calais
Department Pas-de-Calais
Arrondissement Boulogne-sur-Mer
Canton Marquise
Intercommunality Terre des Deux Caps
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Marc Sarpaux
Area1 13.09 km2 (5.05 sq mi)
Population (2009)2 584
 • Density 45/km2 (120/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 62054 / 62179
Elevation 0–123 m (0–404 ft)
(avg. 68 m or 223 ft)

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Audinghen (Dutch: Oudinghen) is a commune in the Pas-de-Calais department in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region of France.


A farming commune, comprising several hamlets, some 14 miles (23 km) north of Boulogne, at the junction of the D940 and the D191 roads. Cap Gris Nez, the nearest part of France to the English coast, forms the western boundary of the commune.


The town was originally named Odingehem, 'home of Odin', by the Vikings who built a temple here dedicated to the Germanic god Odin. Audinghen has been rebuilt several times after being completely destroyed, including:

  • In 1643 or 1644, according to the interpretations, by a party of soldiers of the King of England, who burned the village population inside the church;
  • Three centuries later, in 1943, by the British, who bombarded and totally destroyed the village (then occupied by the German army).


Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1962 409 —    
1968 457 +11.7%
1975 461 +0.9%
1982 468 +1.5%
1990 503 +7.5%
1999 548 +8.9%
2009 584 +6.6%


Part of the German defences, at the Todt Battery


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